Thousands come together to mark centenary of end of Great War

Huntingdon mayor Sarah Gifford

Huntingdon mayor Sarah Gifford - Credit: Archant

November 11, 2018, marked 100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front at the end of the First World War.

During a week of commemorations, people and organisations from towns and villages across the district lit beacons, laid wreaths and took time to remember the fallen - the millions of men and women who lost their lives - on the battlefields and the home front.

In Huntingdon, thousands of people lined the streets around the town’s Market Square to join the commemorations.

Judith Armstrong, from the Huntingdon branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It was the biggest service I have ever seen, you simply couldn’t move for people in the High Street, which was superb.”

The RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band led a parade through to the town’s Market Square, where a service was held. A poppy drop saw hundreds of flowers cascade from Huntingdon Town Hall while commemorations took place. The mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Sarah Gifford, and fellow town councils were in attendance.


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Later in the evening, two beacon-lighting ceremonies were held to tie in with a national event, one in Castle Hill and another in the Market Square, which Ms Armstrong said was also well attended.

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